A Myanmar Navy (MN) Delegation comprising three officers: Lt Cdr ThureinTun, Lt Cdr Kyaw Zeya Oo and Lt Ye WintTun, is on a four-day official visit to Kochi from 26 February to 02 March 2017. The visit is primarily aimed at familiarizing the MN officers on Indian Naval Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) operational / training facilities and exploring avenues for defence co-operation in the field.
The officers visited the Indian Naval Meteorological and Analysis Center (INMAC), as well as the School of Naval Oceanology and Meteorology (SNOM), to get an understanding of the meteorological forecasting capabilities, as well as the training imparted on Oceanology and Meteorology by the Indian Navy. They also visited other training / simulator facilities at Kochi including Flight and Tactical Simulator, Water Survival Training Facility and other training schools as well as Hydrographic Survey Unit.
The delegation also called on the Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, who assured them all assistance in terms of training and setting up of meteorological facilities for the MN. He requested the delegation to send a proposal for the SNC to take up the same with higher authorities.
Towards fostering closer and warmer relations with Myanmar, the Indian Navy has always tried to strengthen defence cooperation with the Myanmar Navy by providing assistance, especially in the fields of training, weapon / equipment sales and hydrographic assistance. The strong links between the two countries were amply demonstrated by the very warm welcome accorded by Myanmar to the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, during his recent visit in November 2016.